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Green Party to host public meeting tomorrow about Galway traffic congestion

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Green Party will tomorrow host a public meeting in Salthill about Galway traffic’s congestion.

The party will also launch its local election campaign for Galway at a convention this weekend.

The Green Party will host a public meeting tomorrow evening at 7.30, at the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill, with a focus on solutions to Galway’s traffic problems.

Green Party candidate for the city’s West Ward, Pauline O’ Reilly and the City Central Ward, Martina O’ Connor will speak at the public meeting, including Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan.

Prior to the public meeting, the party will also launch its European election candiates, who include 28-year old environmentalist Saoirse McHugh, a native of Achill, who will run in the Midlands, North West constituency.

German Green Party MEP Ska Keller will be the guest speaker at the event.

The local election campaign will be formally launched at the Galway Bay Hotel at 2pm on Saturday.

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City Council meeting suspended after Mayor compared to Mussolini

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – This week’s meeting of Galway City Council was briefly suspended after the Mayor of Galway was compared to Mussolini.

A row broke out as councillors discussed the minutes of a previous meeting held in December.

A dispute arose between the chair, Mayor of Galway Councillor Collette Connolly, and Councillor Alan Cheevers, after Councillor Cheevers attempted to make a point centered on the minutes of the December meeting.

Mayor Connolly questioned the relevance of the contribution being made and ruled clarification of the minutes was not the correct forum for the statement being made.

However Councillor Cheevers insisted that he be allowed to make his point, leading to a back and forth exchange that led to Mayor Connolly ask that her ruling as chair be respected.

She said the meeting was time limited with a very busy agenda – but noted a large amount of time was being spent on the minutes of the December meeting and they had to move on.

Councillor Cheevers then accused her of running the meeting like Mussolini – a statement which saw Mayor Connolly abruptly suspend the meeting.

Once proceedings resumed, a member of staff reminded all present of the necessity to respect the rulings of the chair.

It was added that Councillors right to be heard could be revoked if they failed to do so – or they could be asked to leave the meeting.

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8,039 new cases of COVID-19

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

A further 8,039 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed by the Department of Health.

3,692 are PCR while a further 4,347 positive antigen tests have been registered through the HSE portal.

885 people are in hospital with the virus – 76 of them are in ICU.

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Women in Galway city encouraged to highlight areas along their daily walk where they don’t feel safe

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- Women across Galway city are being encouraged to highlight areas along their daily walk where they don’t feel safe, that can be improved by the local authority.

City Councillor Owen Hanley says he has been contacted by numerous people who have flagged areas across the city which women in particular felt weren’t safe enough.

Issues highlighted include hedges that are too high, blind spots or lights which are not in operation.

Councillor Hanley says he is planning to bring such issues to the attention of Galway City Council,who can do more to ensure walkers feel safe.

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